Billboards calling for an end to US aid to Israel were erected this week at 25
train stations in suburban New York and Connecticut.
The billboards that
went up Tuesday, on the first day of Passover, in Metro North train stations are
sponsored by a group called American Muslims for Palestine.
The ad also
calls Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza a form of
apartheid, and features a quote by South African social rights activist Desmond
Tutu. They are scheduled to run for one month, and were reportedly timed to
coincide with US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel this
“The campaign against US aid for Israel targets neither Jews nor
Passover, but rather Israeli apartheid and injustice. And the best way to honor
Passover, which celebrates Jewish liberation from ancient oppression, is to
champion Palestinian human rights today,” said Michael Letwin of Jews for
Palestinian Right of Return, who spoke at Tuesday’s launch of the billboards at
the Metro North Harlem station.
The ads come several months after
billboards that accused Israel of confiscating Palestinian land were displayed
in some of the same stations. Those ads were posted under the auspices of The
Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine. There have been several exchanges
of ads between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups at Metro North train